Category Archives: PS253-2016

Stereotyping and the real world: a round table discussion

Jacob Young, Sophie Cerkvenik and Yi-Pei Lo

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Power Moves- Kiara, Dylan, Aleks, Emily

Group: Dylan, Kiara, Aleks, and Emily

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Happy Hour

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Group Loafin’ – Liam, Chase, Caroline, Meagan

Aggarwal, P., & O’Brien, C. L. (2008). Social loafing on group projects: Structural antecedents and effect on student satisfaction. Journal of Marketing Education. Woodman, T., Roberts, R., Hardy, L., Callow, N., & Rogers, C. H. (2011). There is an “I” in … Continue reading

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Rejection Remedies – Grace Farnkoff, Robin Spofford, Maddie Taylor, Ari Thomas

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Buying Happiness – by Chandler Blake, Lucas Bolender, Michaela Garrett, and Michaela Athanasopoulos

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Money, Pain, and Happiness

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Why You Should Pay Us for This Project (Natalie, Olivia, and Nick)

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Low Man on the Totem Pole? Think Again

When professors return tests, do you find yourself peeking at your neighbor’s grade? Or do you look to see how much your teammate is squatting? We do these things all the time in order to evaluate ourselves based on how … Continue reading

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Good news or bad news first?

The study conducted by Legg and Sweeny assessed a common social situation where an individual is deciding the order for the good news and bad news. It is clear that people would feel anxiety and discomfort when receiving bad news, … Continue reading

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Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down

Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down WILL AN ANGRY EXPRESSION INFLUENCE HOW A PERSUASIVE APPEAL IS CONSIDERED?     Have you ever wanted to persuade someone, but were unsure how to go about doing so? Would you portray yourself as calm and … Continue reading

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“I Cheated, but Only a Little”: Partial Confessions to Unethical Behavior

In this post we will be examining a study that looks into the idea of confessions. Most often thought of as a binary thing: you confess or you don’t. This study attempts to debunk the conventional wisdom and explore the … Continue reading

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Quick Thinkers Are Smooth Talkers: Mental Speed Facilitates Charisma

Hello faithful readers and devoted fans of our psychological expertise. We give you our latest tasty morsel of social psychology news, we know you’ve all been waiting for it. Get it while it’s hot: Everyone knows that one person who … Continue reading

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Put a Ring On It: Promiscuity In Same-Sex Relationships?

  If you have a Facebook account, you may have noticed a sudden explosion of rainbow-tinted profile pictures on June 26 of 2015. As a reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, a large population of American … Continue reading

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Review of “Physical aggression facilitates social information processing”

Chandler Blake and Lucas Bolender Henry Markovits paper “Physical aggression facilitates social information processing” discusses the findings of an experiment the author conducted about information processing. The study put participants in a computer simulated situation where they had left their … Continue reading

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I Think I Am Doing Great but I Feel Pretty Bad About It: Affective Versus Cognitive Verbs and Self Reports

  Subtle changes in language can have an affect on how we respond to various questions and stimuli, having consequences on how we view ourselves. In the present study, researchers wanted to examine the effects of cognitive (think) and affective … Continue reading

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Framing Effects in Online Dating: Nice Guys Have a Leg Up

In modern society, online dating is becoming more prevalent, which creates an interesting dating dynamic because prospects can be compared side to side- you can literally swipe past someone who you view is flawed. However our choice to swipe past … Continue reading

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The role of cognitive resources in determining our moral intuitions: Are we all liberals at heart? –by Meagan Watson and Caroline Minott–

  According to Wright and Baril (2011), conservatives and liberals disagree on a variety of issues because they have different construals (understandings/interpretations) of morality. The researchers used the moral foundation theory as a way to understand this phenomenon. According to … Continue reading

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Trust Discrepancies: Women Trust more than Men after Trust Violations

In the study conducted, 470 Amazon MTurk workers (47% female) read a scenario in which, because of budget cuts, their company signed a contract to buy refurbished computers instead of brand-new computers. The participants were randomly assigned to a “trust … Continue reading

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Social Rejection and Aggression

By: Emily Taylor and Maddie Taylor How can you reject someone without fear of retaliation? We’ve all been there. Maybe an individual lacks the skills necessary for a job, or maybe the two of you just do not click. The … Continue reading

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Think of Your Significant Other and You on Valentine’s Day. By Elizabeth Swain and Sydney O’Neil

Gift-giving is a long standing tradition for givers and recipients to foster the relationship they have together and increase social connectedness.  Psychologists have pondered which gift-giving behavior is more effective in increasing closeness in a relationship: gifts that reflect the … Continue reading

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Cultural Differences in the Endowment Effect by Grace Farnkoff and Robin Spofford

Article can be found here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40984593 In the study “For Whom Is Parting With Possessions More Painful? Cultural Differences in the Endowment Effect,” psychologists Maddux, Yang, Falk, Adam, Adair, Endo, Carmon, and Heine examine the consequences of the association between a … Continue reading

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When Everyone’s Really Good: The Impact of Having Too-Much Talent on Different Sports Teams

“The Too-Much Talent-Talent Effect: Team Interdependence Determines When More Talent Is Too Much Or Not Enough” experiment explores how different levels of individual talent on a team can either hinder or enhance a team’s performance. The experiment compares levels of … Continue reading

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